Our Chapter 2017 Science Fair Winners

On Saturday 21 January 2017, INCOSE SoMD Chapter participated in the organization and judging for the thirteenth consecutive year of the St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair. In addition to Planning and Sponsoring the Fair by John Walker, SoMD Chapter Director, Karl Geist, Chapter Treasurer led a three person team by reviewing the 129 projects, selecting 6 winners, and presenting the Chapter’s Systems Engineering Cash Awards. All projects from the 21 different Categories in the Fair, which included Animal Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Embedded Systems, Energy: Chemical, Energy: Physical, Engineering Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Material Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy, Plant Sciences, Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Systems Software, and Translation Medical Sciences were reviewed and considered for the awards.  This year 5 Junior Projects were selected for interviews by Karl Geist and Greg Olson, and 7 Senior Projects were selected for interviews by Karl Geist, Greg Olson, and Jim Wetzel to determine the 6 INCOSE Winners. At the Awards Ceremony, Karl Geist presented the awards to the Senior High Division winning students Braedon Myers’ First Place Project “UFR (Unmanned First Responder)”, Natalie Wolfe’s Second Place Project “Strike Sensing System’, and Kathryn McCurdy’s Honorable Mention Project “Automatic Window Washer”, and the Junior High Division winning students Ryan Williams’ First Place Project “Remotely Op. Planetary Exploration Rover”, Tom Wilson’s Second Place Project ” Something Here is Fishy”, and Ria Sharma’s Honorable Mention Project “Solar Powered Water Desalination”. These winners will be part of an Award Reception Sponsored by The Patuxent Partnership and INCOSE SoMD Chapter on the 21 February 2017 at 5:00 pm at the Great Mills Highs School.  Thank you again to the Judges, and Congratulations again to all the winners.  Please register for this event HERE

Braedon Myers at his First Place Project “UFR (Unmanned First Responder)”

Natalie Wolfe at her Second Place Project “Strike Sensing System’

Ryan Williams at his First Place Project “Remotely Op. Planetary Exploration Rover”

Tom Wilson at his
Second Place Project ” Something Here is Fishy”

Ria Sharma at her
Honorable Mention Project “Solar Powered Water Desalination”

Kathryn McCurdy at her
Honorable Mention Project “Automatic Window Washer”

Jaret Williams’ Project “Ultrasonic Backup Sensor” wins INCOSE’s Senior Honorable Mention

2016 St. Mary's Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division INCOSE Award Honorable Mention Winning Project: Ultrasonic Backup Sensor by Jaret Williams from Great Mills High School from the category Embedded Systems

2016 St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division INCOSE Award Honorable Mention Winning Project: Ultrasonic Backup Sensor by Jaret Williams from Great Mills High School from the category Embedded Systems

Jaret Williams from Great Mills High School returns to the St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair with another great project titled “Ultrasonic Backup Sensor”  The system is titled appropriately and his project focused on the number and placement of sensors to give the optimal coverage for the auto safety device.  At this point he was using a bread board controller and the family truck to map the coverage.  This system impressed the judges as did Jaret’s presentation and he was awarded the  INCOSE Honorable Mention award in the Senior Division.  He also received a Senior First Place from the Fair’s Embedded Systems category judges and the Senior Division’s Best Presentation Enrichment Award.  He was selected as one of the Senior Division participants to go on to the Prince Georges Area Fair (PGASF) and competed for more prizes and also a spot in going to the International Science and Engineering fair (ISEF).  INCOSE foundation gives an award at ISEF and some of our local winners have gone on to win it.

2016 St. Mary's Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division INCOSE Award Honorable Mention Winning Project: Ultrasonic Backup Sensor by Jaret Williams from Great Mills High School from the category Embedded Systems

2016 St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division INCOSE Award Honorable Mention Winning Project: Ultrasonic Backup Sensor by Jaret Williams from Great Mills High School from the category Embedded Systems

Join us at Joint INCOSE and TPP reception on 8th of March at he Patuxent Air Museum.  The information on that has not been finalized but check back so you can come and meet Jaret and his wonderful project.  Please help this gifted student on his way to PGASF.

 

 

Varun Kataria’s Project to Starts the Development of an Implanted Artificial Pancreas wins INCOSE’s Senior 2nd Place

2016 St. Mary's Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division INCOSE Award 2nd place Winning Project: How Sweet It Is by Varun Kataria from Great Mills High School from the category Biomedical and Health Sciences

2016 St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division INCOSE Award 2nd place Winning Project: How Sweet It Is by Varun Kataria from Great Mills High School from the category Biomedical and Health Sciences

Varun Kataria from Great Mills High School returns to the St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair with another great project titled “How Sweet It Is”  The system underdevelopment is planned to be an implanted artificial pancreas.  At this point he was using a bread board controller to allow for the testing and balancing of pH as an analog for blood sugar and insulin.   This system impressed the judges as did Varun’s presentation and he was awarded the 2nd Place INCOSE award in the Senior Division.  He also received a Senior Second Place from the Fair’s Biomedical Health Sciences category judges.  He was selected as one of the Senior Division participants to go on to the Prince Georges Area Fair (PGASF) and competed for more prizes and also a spot in going to the International Science and Engineering fair (ISEF).  INCOSE foundation gives an award at ISEF and some of our local winners have gone on to win it.

2016 St. Mary's Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division INCOSE Award 2nd place Winning Project: How Sweet It Is by Varun Kataria from Great Mills High School from the category Biomedical and Health Sciences

2016 St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division INCOSE Award 2nd place Winning Project: How Sweet It Is by Varun Kataria from Great Mills High School from the category Biomedical and Health Sciences

Join us at Joint INCOSE and TPP reception on 8th of March at he Patuxent Air Museum.  The information on that has not been finalized but check back so you can come and meet Varun and his wonderful project.  Please help this gifted student on his way to PGASF.

 

 

James Kelly’s Project to bring cost effective Neuroprosthetics the world wins INCOSE’s Senior 1st Place

2016 St. Mary's Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division INCOSE Award 1st place Winning Project: Development of a Low Cost Neuroprosthetic by James Kelly from Great Mills High School from the category Embedded Systems

2016 St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division INCOSE Award 1st place Winning Project: Development of a Low Cost Neuroprosthetic by James Kelly from Great Mills High School from the category Embedded Systems

James Kelly from Great Mills High School returns to the St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair with another great project titled “Development of Low Cost Neuroprosthetic”  The system uses noninvasive neuro-sensors, a micro computer and a servo controlled articulated arm and hand prosthetic.  This system impressed the judges as did James’ presentation and he was awarded the 1st Place INCOSE award in the Senior Division.  He also received a Senior Second Place from the Fair’s Embedded Systems category judges and a Senior Division 2nd Place Joseph Priestley Award.  He was selected as one of the Senior Division participants to go on to the Prince Georges Area Fair (PGASF) and competed for more prizes and also a spot in going to the International Science and Engineering fair (ISEF).  INCOSE foundation gives an award at ISEF and some of our local winners have gone on to win it.

2016 St. Mary's Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division INCOSE Award 1st place Winning Project:Development of a Low Cost Neuroprosthetic by James Kelly from Great Mills High School from the category Embedded Systems

2016 St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division INCOSE Award 1st place Winning Project:Development of a Low Cost Neuroprosthetic by James Kelly from Great Mills High School from the category Embedded Systems

The Pauxent Partnership(TPP) also awarded him a Senior Environmental/Biological Project Award, so he will be doubly honored at our Joint INCOSE and TPP reception on 8th of March at he Patuxent Air Museum.  The information on that has not been finalized but check back so you can come and meet James and his wonderful project. Please come and help this fine student on his way to PGASF.

 

 

Bronte Pepper-Hicks Micro-Gravity Simulation Project wins INCOSE’s Junior Honorable Mention

2016 St. Mary's Science and Engineering Fair Junior Division INCOSE Award Honorable Mention Winning Project: May The Magnetic Force Be With You by Bronte Pepper-Hicks from Spring Ridge Middle School from the category Physics and Astronomy

2016 St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair Junior Division INCOSE Award Honorable Mention Winning Project: May The Magnetic Force Be With You by Bronte Pepper-Hicks from Spring Ridge Middle School from the category Physics and Astronomy

Bronte Pepper-Hicks from Spring Ridge Middle School wanted to build a micro-gravity chamber and to test a Magneto Suit.  With a magnetic floor in the chamber she set out running tests.  This system impressed the judges as did Bronte’s presentation and she was awarded the INCOSE Honorable Mention award in the Junior Division. She also received a Junior First Place from the Fair’s Physics and Astronomy category judges and a Discovery Education – Discovery’s Young Scientist Challenge Award. She was also invited to continue on to the Prince Georges Area Science Fair.  We have a opportunity to help her with questions and suggestions at our

2016 St. Mary's Science and Engineering Fair Junior Division INCOSE Award Honorable Mention Winning Project: May The Magnetic Force Be With You by Bronte Pepper-Hicks from Spring Ridge Middle School from the category Physics and Astronomy

2016 St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair Junior Division INCOSE Award Honorable Mention Winning Project: May The Magnetic Force Be With You by Bronte Pepper-Hicks from Spring Ridge Middle School from the category Physics and Astronomy

Joint INCOSE and The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) reception on the 8th of March at the Patuxent Air Museum The information on that has not been finalized but check back so you can come and meet Bronte and her wonderful project.